Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji
When you stay at Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji in Qamea Island, you’ll be near the airport and within the vicinity of Matangi Dock. This 4.5-star resort is within the region of Bouma Falls Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 17 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s beachfront restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
How to Get There
We arrived after a long journey in the morning and were greeted with warm and friendly staff and a fresh tropical drink in the beachside check-in after which we were escorted to the outdoor dining area while our bags were handled. The grounds were impeccably beautiful. The experience immediately set a welcoming tropical tone. We came to dive and relax and that is exactly what we did. We quickly adjusted to the daily routine- coffee at sunrise from the in room French press, yoga on our private beach-front deck then breakfast before heading to the on-site dive shop. We did 2 dives each morning which got us back in time to clean up and head to lunch followed by afternoons reading, sunning or whatever before dinner. Usually we would head over early to hang out in the lounge with the other guests and catch up on their days before dinner. Some specifics:
The bures: The accommodations are perfect- just like the pictures. There is not a bad one for sure! Nice hot showers and freezing AC. We definitely used our hot tub every day after diving (it also rained off and on) so if that is something you like I recommend getting a bure with one or you can use the one by the pool. There are units with above ground, beachfront options as well as sunken ones in the outdoor bathrooms (cuter but no view).
The food: The food was excellent! Of course we had our favorites but overall really great! At Qamea you select all your meals for the day at breakfast. The purpose is so they can shop for fresh ingredients and make sure they have everything they need but it had the unexpected benefit of removing any decision making for the day. I know making a selection off a menu is not exactly stressful but I really did enjoy just showing up and having exactly what I wanted simply brought out- little things. A special shout out to the chefs for preparing vegan meals. If you are vegetarian, there is a whole separate menu which was great and they rose to the challenge to make vegan adjustments which was so appreciated! I would advise giving the resort a heads up before you arrive if you have any food concerns so they can plan. I didn’t think of it but they still did such a great job. The best was when they brought out a pile of steaming hot coconut milk muffins one morning and said “this coconut fell in the yard and we thought it would be perfect for your vegan muffins”. They were delicious!
Non-diving things to do: The resort offers daily activities. They leave in the morning so with diving it’s generally one or the other. But we did take some days off diving and had a great time. First, I highly recommend the Jungle Spa. It rained a few afternoons while we were there so it was a perfect time to check it out and it did not disappoint! The location and the service was fabulous! Second, we did the waterfall hike which was a fun adventure for a no dive day. Third, we did the Circle Qamea boat tour which exceeded expectations for sure! We stopped at some of the most fantastic snorkel spots I have ever seen! One was so clear and blue and warm it was literally like swimming in a pool but amazingly the reef was vibrant and interesting. Even a few happy sharks swimming around. Then we had a tasty and serene beach barbeque. There are other activities (kayaking etc) but we didn’t do them (sadly).
The diving: We did the 10-dive package and still had plenty of time to hang out. The equipment and crew at the dive shop were excellent but bring your computer- they are limited/extra. The shop is right on site which is great! The dives around the resort (10-15 minute boat rides) were excellent- all the soft coral we were looking for and tons of smaller fish. Each dive was my new favorite. Until Rainbow Reef. Hands down some of the best dives ever! I could go on and on here but let’s just say it is a must do and I recommend saving it for the last couple days.
Atmosphere: The resort is small and they purposely do not fill to capacity to give everyone a personal experience. It shows! The staff is absolutely amazing! Some are third generation there and really take ownership. I started this post naming specific staff to recognize but deleted it because everyone was on the list! From the dive masters, to the waitstaff, the chefs, bartenders, gardeners and housekeeping and more! All superb and set the resort apart from other trips. The lounge/bar area is intimate and promotes a family feel with the guests. You can definitely have privacy or hang out a bit more. The guests were a mix of honeymooners, adventurers, empty nesters and one family (ours). Mostly divers. Despite it not being strictly “adults” only the resort definitely does not have a “family” vibe at all (in a good way). I read a critical post about this and honestly, the honeymooners were closer in age to my teenagers (15 and 17) than to most of the other adults and everyone, regardless of age, was just interested in having a nice, quiet vacation and enjoy the ocean.
Overall, Qamea Resort and Spa was an absolutely perfect vacation if you want to dive your heart out and also get pampered!
Our needs are quite multidimensional, and this place ticked all our boxes.
First, the diving - a very good dive operation with good boats and gear and a great dive guide. The best dive sites are a 10-15 minute boat ride away, and the quality was outstanding ! The very-nearby dive sites are much more affected by cyclone damage, and the snorkelling off the beach at the resort really isn't worthwhile doing unless you've never seen a tropical fish before. But get on the dive boat, travel 10 minutes, and the coral and fish quality is EXCELLENT.
There are also boat-based snorkelling trips, which I would strongly recommend.
When we were there, dives left at 8:30am and 10:30am, returning to the resort between dives for a hot drink and a snack. Suit-up before you get on the boat, and take nothing with you on the boat. We didn't even take a hat, towel or sunglasses - the boat rides are so short it's really not necessary. Giant-stride entry from the larger boat, or backflip from the smaller boat.
It was an absolute delight to see such vast quantities of undamaged coral. And of course all the fish.
For us, quality diving is only one component of a successful family holiday. Qamea ticked boxes in our other areas as well - accommodation was great, and the food was really good. And of course, friendly Fijian people that shake your hand and look you in the eye.
Some of the reviews here complain about maintenance and various other things. But understand you are in a fairly remote part of the world. We had absolutely no complaints. Our expectations were totally satisfied.
We took the optional food package and I think that was the right choice. My analysis beforehand based on our family eating tendencies suggested it was a line-ball, but taking the food package means you just don't have to worry about it. Most other guests seemed to have gone the same way.
The spa is delightful - just a few metres up the hill behind the resort, but like entering a whole new world.
We were a little unsure about the lack of a jetty and the need to wade ashore upon arrival, but the guys get the boat right up next to the sand. It's more like ankle deep water. Really not a problem unless you're wearing long pants, shoes and socks (in Fiji!??)
Drink prices were quite reasonable (again, considering where you are).. Like everywhere in Fiji, tipping is not part of the culture but a donation to the staff fund is completely appropriate. My guideline is whatever you spend over the bar, match that with a staff donation upon checkout.
The complimentary wifi was, as promised, very slow. You can do your essentials, but you're not going to be surfing the web for entertainment, looking at photos, and definitely no streaming. Surprisingly, we did have phone coverage at the resort, although the 3G was even slower than the wifi.
For us, a quality resort with abundant easy diving very near by,
We spent ten days at Qamea Resort and every little thing was perfect.
To begin, the staff is great! They made us feel like family. Special thank you to Mariah for making our mornings happier, to Moses and Buba for their good vibes and the volleyball matches and to Sheem for the excellent attention!
Food was amazing and activities were really fun! The room was beautiful and perfectly clean. We enjoyed every moment and we wouldn´t hesitate to go back. Fully recommend it!